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TO THE WORKMEN AND LABOURERS
OF GREAT BRITAIN.
JOHN RUSKIN, LL.D.,
HONORARY STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH, AND SLADE PROFESSOR OF FINE ART.
CONTENTS OF VOL. VII
LETTER 73 (January) COMMISSARIAT.
(Venice, November 20, 1876.) 1. The seventh year of Fors to close its first series. Plans for a future series. 2. " Clavigera,” as nailing follies to the barn-door. Saying of the Pall Mall Gazette that “the wealth of the world is infinite,” examined.
3, 4. Limitation of the quantity and use of true wealth. 5. Fraud and force hitherto the modes of obtaining land. 6, 7. The newspapers on England's “immense accession of wealth," and their tests of prosperity. 8. The author's suggestions: a registry of inhabitants and incomes in each district : e.g., Sheffield. 9. A peace commissariat. 10. Community of wage-fund; idle persons to be fed, if tolerated. 11. A Duke of Sheffield to be elected. Advantages of fixed salaries beginning to be perceived. 12. Middlemen would not be tolerated, if once visible : retail, and cost, price of beer. 13. Drunkenness, so shocking to the respectable society dining with the brewer at Drayton Park. 14. The need of education. The art of being rightly amused. 15. The Laws of Plato on Music.
NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE.—16. Affairs of the Company. 17. Affairs of the Master. 18, Letter from "A Methodist Preacher.”
LETTER 74 (February) FATHER-LAW
(Venice, Christmas Day, 1876.) 1, 2. St. Ursula sends the author her dianthus; and a friend in England, a sprig of vervain. Classic significance of the vervain: Horace's song for home sacrifice; the Greek dianthus. 3. Use of myths. 4. Gift of a painting of a pitcher of holy water: sacramental significance of Christ's first, and last, miracles. (January 2, 1877.) 5. The Dianthus. 6. Significance of the sculptures on the Fig-tree Angle and Vine Angle of the Ducal Palace. (January 3.) 7, 8. The story of Tobias and his dog. The Dog in mythology. 9. The sacredness of our daily bread. 10, 11. The boy with a basket of rotten figs in front of the Ducal Palace (Letter 20, $ 4). Old
Venetian laws regulating the sale of fruit. John Bright and the author. A new Corn Law Rhyme taught to the author in St. Mark's Portico. Results of free trade in modern Venetian greengrocery. 12. Ancient “Mother Law” of Venice forbidding middlemen in the sale of melons. (January 5.) 18. Food of the poor the first care of Venetian legislation. 14. The prayer
for daily bread.
15. The Devil's taxes on the food of the poor. 16. “Four little myths” on the Eastern Question,
NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE.-17. Accounts of the Company: 18. Accounts of the Master : author's absence of mind at Verona. 19. Letter on “Turkish Loans and Bulgarian Atrocities.” 20. Reference to a letter from a Scottish correspondent.
Suratior Fato. God. Tennesot
(Venice, February 1, 1877.) 1, 2. St. Ursula's message: the ministry of guardian angels; figurative perceptions and real presences.
3. “Cæli Enarrant :” analysis of Psalm xix.; its natural and spiritual astronomy. 4. Comparison of Psalms viii. and xix. Astronomy, ocular and telescopic, compared. 5. The British Public as the centre of the Universe. A vision of the Heavens and Earth without their God. 6. Mental knowledge of the stars, how possible, and how differing from merely instrumental. 7. The real nature of wisdom. What England should have done in the Eastern Question. 8. St. Mark and St. Theodore, the standard-bearers of Venice: the pillars of the Piazzetta. Deep meaning of “Mother Law.” 9. Note by Edward Cheney on the Schools” or Confraternities of Venice, MotherLaw of St. Theodore's School. Legend of St. Theodore and the Dragon. “ Theodore," the Divine life in nature: the saint's prayer to the divine nature in his horse, and conquest of the dragon. (February 2.) 10. Description of St. Ursula's flower in morning light. Death of the author's old Chamouni guide, and of James Hinton. 11. Story of a Venetian gondolier's dog. 12. St. Theodore's dragon, the “Rahab” of the Psalms. 13. Animals as an article of wealth : how to obtain our share of it. 14. How boys should be initiated in natural history; reference to the life of Thomas Edward, the Scotch naturalist. 15. Education of gentlemen by three animal companions and tutors---dog, horse, and eagle. i6. Brotherhood to the beast. Divine life throughout creation. 17. Canal life as a form of "university” education. Steam tram-cars and real live donkey rides.
NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE.-18. Accounts of the Company. 19. Affairs of the Master. 20, 21. Letter on the system of election in the Church of Scotland. Author's suggestion of “cardinal-elders." 22. Supposed letter from Carlyle on "The Gospel of Dirt.” 23. Letter from Mr. W. Hale White on House-building. 24. A note on spirals: mechanical and natural.
LETTER 76 (April
(Venice, Sunday, March 4, 1877.) A passage from Plato.-1.
NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE.-15. Affairs of the Company: provision
LETTER 77 (May)
(Venice, Easter Sunday, 1877.) 1. Education : difficulties of the